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Lakewood's Orthodox Take Aim at a Tent City; Anti-Semitic Cyber-Stalking

This Week: A tent city in Lakewood, NJ pits the powerful Orthodox community against 100 homeless residents; How to deal with a case of anti-Semitic cyber-stalking? Write a book.Read More


Philip Roth Answers Your Letters, BootyCall Israel

Philip Roth answers your burning questions, a new program called BootyCall Israel brings young Jews ‘together’ and is Hollywood’s love affair with the Holocaust over?Read More


Guns in Israel, Textbooks in Palestine

FORWARD PODCAST: Is Israel’s relationship with guns an argument for gun control in the U.S.? Are Palestinian textbooks a good reason to avoid peace talks?Read More


Circumcision Rebellion, Dubious Orthodox Libraries, Bagel Battle

THIS WEEK: Some mohels resist circumcision rules. Who’s cleaning up on dubious libraries? Plea to save the New York bagel.Read More


Why Israeli Vote Predictions Were Wrong, 103-Year Sentence

THIS WEEK: Why all the predictions about the Israeli election were wrong; is a 103 sentence too long?Read More


Newlywed Blogging, Survey of New York Jews

THIS WEEK: Simi Lichtman drops by to discuss her new blog documenting her first year of marriage. Josh Nathan-Kazis breaks down a new survey of Jews in New York.Read More


Y.U. Launches Probe, Israel's Elections

THIS WEEK: Yeshiva University launches an internal investigation into sex abuse allegations. Who to watch in the upcoming Israeli electionsRead More


Investigating YU, Reporting on Newtown

THIS WEEK: Reporters discuss the ongoing sex abuse scandal at Yeshiva University and the challenges of reporting on the Newtown massacre.Read More


The Collector of Bedford Street Meets Sandy

By Jon Kalish

Larry Selman is a developmentally disabled man in Greenwich Village dubbed ‘The Collector of Bedford Street.’ His life changed dramatically when Hurricane Sandy struck.Read More


Our Best From 2012

BYE-BYE 2012: Forward staffers discucss how they came up with the top stories of the year in news, arts and culture.Read More





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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
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